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Product Details

  • Series: Solomon Kane (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825902
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Allie writes and edits comics and stories for Dark Horse Comics and Glimmer Train Press. He's the longtime editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hellboy, and brought The Umbrella Academy, Beasts of Burden, and The Goon to Dark Horse. His focus has been horror comics since a young age, which is reflected in his writing and his editing, including his first published work, Sick Smiles, a horror anthology. With Sick Smiles (1994-1996) he formed long-lasting collaborative friendships, including Kevin McGovern, with whom he created Exurbia in '94 and finally released the graphic novel in 2009. He rejoined Todd Herman, another Sick Smiles artist, in 2006 to create The Fog, a prequel to the great John Carpenter film. He's the writer or Dark Horse's adaptation of Robert E Howard's Solomon Kane, where he delves into the pulp traditions that his grandfather turned him onto as a young boy. He's currently hard at work on the sequel to his first creator owned series, The Devil's Footprints, set in his home town of Ipswich, MA. He now lives with his son in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on Twitter, where he mainly posts while on solo roadtrips through the Northwest, which he thinks extends east through the Dakotas and south through Nevada.

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Still, I suppose it's better than nothing.
Babytoxie
And even dealing with the evils of the inn, Kane and his companion find out that the Black Riders are not quite as dead as they had hoped.
Zack Davisson
The actual story as drawn and with dialogue appears to be stretched out too far and the drawings are quite muddled.
danny boy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on October 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Not to be outdone by Robert E. Howard's other fantasy creations, the puritan adventurer Solomon Kane is getting his fair share of attention from Dark Horse Publishing. We've received collections of classic black & white magazine stories and classic color stories, and a run of limited series containing all-new stories and adaptations. The second limited series volume - SOLOMON KANE: DEATH'S BLACK RIDERS - is built around a story fragment by Howard. It has many of the same strengths, as well as some faults, of the previous volume. In general, I like what writer Scott Allie is doing with these new releases: incorporating stories and fragments by REH into an ongoing narrative. He's a good writer, coming up with some inspired directions for these unfinished tales, such as in this book, where Kane encounters horrifying beasts that mimic men on horseback and prowl the Black Forest. Again, Guy Davis provides monster designs that are truly bizarre and look like nothing I've ever seen in comics. Of course, Mike Mignola's cover designs are outstanding, resembling old paperback covers of the `60s.

But now we come to the bad elements: First off, Allie really drew out this narrative. The cover story could have been told in two issues, tops, but it just keeps going. He also needs to decide how he wants to present foreign dialogue. Sometimes, he'll use English in brackets with a note that it's translated from a particular tongue. Other times, the foreign language will not be translated, but additional dialogue in English will assist the reader as to what was just said. And then we'll occasionally get full pages of untranslated dialogue, which is completely annoying, since I have no desire to reference a French or German dictionary while reading a comic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dark Horse found a winning formula with their revival of Robert E. Howard's Conan. Take original Howard stories as the base, expand them to include characterization, subplots and continuity, and put the project in the hands of top-notch writers, artists and colorists (ie Dave Stewart). They attempted to replicate that formula again with another Howard creation, Solomon Kane, but without the same level of success.

"Death's Black Riders" is the second Solomon Kane release from Dark Horse, following Castle of the Devil. The story merges two Howard pieces, a fragment ("Death's Black Riders") with the full story "Rattle of Bones." Kane is riding through the Black Forest of Germany, when he comes across some gypsies being questioned by some locals. From out of nowhere come the Black Riders ("Death's Black Riders") who slay all but one of the locals, who then rides to safety with Kane taking shelter in a nearby inn ("Rattle of Bones"). But an inn in the Black Forest is bound to have a few skeletons in the closet, and with Kane involved those skeletons are literal. And even dealing with the evils of the inn, Kane and his companion find out that the Black Riders are not quite as dead as they had hoped.

It is hard to quite put my finger on what isn't working. Nothing is badly done. Scott Allie does a game job merging the fragment to the story, and "Rattle of Bones" is one of my favorite Solomon Kane tales. Part of the problem, I think, is that the hook is too much based on action. Solomon Kane is a deeper, more complex character than Conan, and requires a subtler hand. Conan's motivations are easy. He is a primal figure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By danny boy on March 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Puritan Solomon Kane is an interesting creation and set amidst a world of unimaginable horrors, his puritanical and unswerving drive reminds me of Judge Dredd, the Punisher and Conan all rolled into one character. I think that this particular volume is deliciously conceived and plotted as can be seen from the bonus pages of the details on the monsters. The actual story as drawn and with dialogue appears to be stretched out too far and the drawings are quite muddled. I couldn't tell one monster from another (and I gathered that this was the intent of this story). I can only score this a 3 star for imagination but pulled down by poor execution. I hope that the next story will be better executed.
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